Primeur weekly 2017-10-02

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: HPC applications towards exascale ...

Focus

CEA, ETP4HPC and European Commission working hard together to deliver commercial exascale by 2023 ...

Exascale supercomputing

Cartography of the cosmos ...

Quantum computing

A quantum computer to tackle fundamental science problems ...

Quantum communications bend to our needs ...

With new Microsoft breakthroughs, general purpose quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Sixth Call for Applications now open ...

EPCC to announce best use of ARCHER competition winners ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces integration with IBM Power systems ...

US-based CryoEM company, SingleParticle.com, partners with Bright ...

Hardware

Cray takes aim at fast-growing HPC storage market with completion of strategic transaction of Seagate's ClusterStor storage business ...

Penguin Computing announces NVIDIA Tesla V100-based servers to drive Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence ...

Penguin Computing announces Altus servers with AMD EPYC 7000 series high performance processors ...

Supermicro introduces broadest portfolio of GPU optimized systems for NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs ...

New type of supercomputer could be based on 'magic dust' combination of light and matter ...

Applications

Antonio Peña is the IEEE-CS TCHPC 2017 Award Winner for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in HPC ...

University of Texas at El Paso researchers use supercomputers to understand the fundamentals of artificial photosynthesis ...

Turbocharging engine design ...

The sublime challenge of jet noise ...

Mapping black hole collisions gives astronomers - and hitchhikers - a new guide ...

George Washington-led consortium and FDA release new specifications to advance genomic data analysis ...

Artificial intelligence for obtaining chemical fingerprints ...

IBM Research and UC San Diego collaborate to advance the use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living ...

Dresden researchers have pioneered a brain-network bio-inspired algorithm to predict new therapeutic targets of approved drugs ...

The Cloud

IBM unveils a new high-powered analytics system for fast access to data science ...

HPE chooses Mellanox Spectrum to power StoreFabric M-series switches ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-10-02

Special

Each year, now already for the eighth consecutive year,Primeur Magazineasks Supercomputer experts Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling how we are doing on the Road to Exascale. This year's interview took place at ISC'17 on June 21, 2017. What has not changed is the prediction when we will enter the exascale era - somewhere in the early 2020s - however, there is now more clarity on what the systems will look like. And this year we saw the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to levels unseen before. But does that mean we can forget about HPC and traditional exascale computing? And what will be post-exascale? Could neuromorphic computing and quantum computing be an answer? Or are we just talking about those because we do not really have an answer for the Post-Moore era yet? Let us hear what Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka have to say about it. We publish this interview as a series of four articles: The state of exascale progress today The rise of Machine Intelligence HPC applications towards exascale The Post-Moore era Two weeks ago, we talked about exascale progress in the US, Japan, China and Europe, and what is happening in domain specific supercomputing areas. Last week we talked about he rise of Machine Intelligence and AI. Do we really need to solve complex mathematical equations to model nature? This week we discuss HPC applications. Read further...

Focus

The ETP4HPC Workshop that took place on June 22 at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany offeredPrimeur Magazinethe chance to interview Jean Gonnord and Didier Juvin, both from CEA, which is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, about the role of CEA in European HPC. Didier Juvin is Programme Director of the Simulation and HPC Programme at CEA. Simulation is at the heart of a lot of activities within CEA. First of all, it concerns Defence and Security where a lot of simulation is done for nuclear weapons with multiphysics at large scale which is very challenging. CEA also performs simulation in the complete transverse programme for Energy, the safety of nuclear power plants. CEA is also involved in personalized medicine, in how to deliver the right drugs for your analyzed personal DNA profile, and in materials science. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

There are hundreds of billions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. Estimates indicate a similar number of galaxies in the observable universe, each with its own large assemblage of stars, many with their own planetary systems. Beyond and between these stars and galaxies are all manner of matter in various phases, such as gas and dust. Another form of matter, dark matter, exists in a very different and mysterious form, announcing its presence indirectly only through its gravitational effects. This is the universe Salman Habib is trying to reconstruct, structure by structure, using precise observations from telescope surveys combined with next-generation data analysis and simulation techniques currently being primed for exascale computing. Read further...

Quantum computing

For more than 50 years, Moore's Law has reigned supreme. The observation that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles roughly every two years has set the pace for our modern digital revolution - making smartphones, personal computers and current supercomputers possible. But Moore's Law is slowing. And even if it wasn't, some of the big problems that scientists need to tackle might be beyond the reach of conventional computers. Read further...
The potential for photon entanglement in quantum computing and communications has been known for decades. One issue impeding immediate application is that many photon entanglement platforms don't operate within the range used by most forms of telecommunication. Researchers have started to unravel the mysteries of entangled photons, demonstrating a technique that uses semiconductor quantum dots to bend photons to the wavelengths used by today's popular C-band standards. They report their work inApplied Physics Letters. Read further...
When Michael Freedman joined Microsoft's theoretical research group two decades ago, he was a renowned math genius known for his fundamental research into an obscure field of math called topology. His job - which he didn't think of as a real job at all - was simply to keep doing math, no strings attached. That broad charter has ended up putting Microsoft on the path to building the first topological qubit, a robust type of quantum bit that Microsoft believes will serve as the basis for a scalable, general purpose quantum computer system - and mark a profound breakthrough in the field of quantum physics. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Sixth Call for Applications to SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. The Call opens on 2 October 2017 and closes on 1 December 2017. Read further...
EPCC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have announced the ten winners of the recent 'Best Use of ARCHER' Competition. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has announced that Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 now integrates with IBM Power Systems. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has signed a reseller agreement with San Diego-based SingleParticle.com. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has completed the previously announced transaction and strategic partnership with Seagate centered around the addition of the ClusterStor high-performance storage business. With the strategic transaction now complete, Cray will continue to sell, support, develop, manufacture, and test ClusterStor storage solutions with Lustre, including the ClusterStor L300, the next-generation ClusterStor L300N and the ClusterStor SL220. Read further...
Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has introduced strategic support for the field of artificial intelligence through availability of its servers based on the highly-advanced NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerator, powered by the NVIDIA Volta GPU architecture. Read further...
Penguin Computing has announced the return of its Altus line of servers with AMD's new EPYC high performance processors. The versatile and power-efficient EPYC processor-based Altus systems are available in standard 19" and 21" Tundra Extreme Scale designs. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions and green computing technology, has added support for NVIDIA Tesla V100 PCI-E and V100 SXM2 GPUs on its industry leading portfolio of GPU server platforms. Read further...
A team of researchers from the UK and Russia have successfully demonstrated that a type of 'magic dust' which combines light and matter can be used to solve complex problems and could eventually surpass the capabilities of even the most powerful supercomputers. Read further...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) researcher Antonio Peña has been selected as one of the three winners of the IEEE-CS Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing by the IEEE Computer Society. Read further...
Solar power is booming worldwide, offering an alternative to fossil fuels and mitigating some of the environmental costs of coal and gas burning. However, efficient photovoltaics are still relatively expensive for full-scale, worldwide deployment. In the search for cheap and sustainable materials that can harvest solar power, scientists frequently look to proven solar power generators - plants, algae and bacteria - to develop man-made sustainable sources of energy. Read further...
For scientists and engineers, the process of improving the performance of engines and fuels feels a bit like driving on a one-lane highway. They must often develop and test their designs and prototypes one at a time, which slows the pace of innovation. Computers can accelerate the process by simulating how fuels and engine designs affect performance and emissions. Yet most computers can handle only a handful of scenarios at once - too few to create a full picture of fuel performance during combustion. Read further...
Humans make a lot of noise. The riffs of heavy metal bands like Metallica and Kiss have soared to levels in the 130-decibel range, levels sure to lead to auditory damage. But try as they might, bands just can't compete with the decibel ranges produced by jet engines. They are, said Joe Nichols, among the loudest sources of human-made noise that exist. An assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, Joe Nichols is fascinated by sound and its ability to find order in chaos - and by applying that understanding to the development of new technologies that can reduce noise in aircraft. Read further...
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers helped pinpoint the precise location of a gravitational wave signal - and the black hole merger that produced it - detected by gravitational wave observatories LIGO and the French-Italian Virgo. They triangulated the position in the universe where the binary black hole merger occurred 1.8 billion years ago. Read further...
The George Washington University (GW) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published a BioCompute Object Specification Document for research and clinical trial use, which details a new framework for communication of High-throughput Sequencing (HTS) computations and data analysis, known as BioCompute Objects (BCOs). This framework will allow researchers to share and compare their work more effectively, enabling more reproducible efforts across bioinformatics as a whole. It will also facilitate workflow exchange between the FDA, pharmaceutical companies, bioinformatics platform providers and researchers as they move through the regulatory submissions process. Read further...
Drastic advances in research of artificial intelligence have led to a wide range of fascinating developments in this area over the last decade. Autonomously driven cars, but also everyday applications such as search engines and spam filters illustrate the versatility of methods from the field of artificial intelligence. Read further...
IBM and the University of California San Diego have launched a multi-year project to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on the campus of UC San Diego. The groundbreaking centre will bring together the technology, artificial intelligence and life sciences knowledge of IBM and UC San Diego to promote critical research and applications in two thematic areas: Healthy Aging and the Human Microbiome. Read further...
An international team of scientists led by Dr. Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci, Junior Group Leader of the Biomedical Cybernetics lab at the BIOTEChnology Center TU Dresden, has developed a powerful computational method that can exploit the principles of brain-network self-organisation to predict new, highly reliable drug-target interactions using only the topology of molecular networks without any further information about the chemical structures of the drugs. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has launched the Integrated Analytics System, a new unified data system designed to give users fast, easy access to advanced data science capabilities and the ability to work with their data across private, public or hybrid Cloud environments. Read further...
The Mellanox Spectrum Ethernet Switch has been selected by HPE to power their StoreFabric M-series storage networking switches. The solution delivers the world's fastest and most efficient storage network for the enterprise and Cloud. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-10-02

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: HPC applications towards exascale ...

Focus

CEA, ETP4HPC and European Commission working hard together to deliver commercial exascale by 2023 ...

Exascale supercomputing

Cartography of the cosmos ...

Quantum computing

A quantum computer to tackle fundamental science problems ...

Quantum communications bend to our needs ...

With new Microsoft breakthroughs, general purpose quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Sixth Call for Applications now open ...

EPCC to announce best use of ARCHER competition winners ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces integration with IBM Power systems ...

US-based CryoEM company, SingleParticle.com, partners with Bright ...

Hardware

Cray takes aim at fast-growing HPC storage market with completion of strategic transaction of Seagate's ClusterStor storage business ...

Penguin Computing announces NVIDIA Tesla V100-based servers to drive Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence ...

Penguin Computing announces Altus servers with AMD EPYC 7000 series high performance processors ...

Supermicro introduces broadest portfolio of GPU optimized systems for NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs ...

New type of supercomputer could be based on 'magic dust' combination of light and matter ...

Applications

Antonio Peña is the IEEE-CS TCHPC 2017 Award Winner for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in HPC ...

University of Texas at El Paso researchers use supercomputers to understand the fundamentals of artificial photosynthesis ...

Turbocharging engine design ...

The sublime challenge of jet noise ...

Mapping black hole collisions gives astronomers - and hitchhikers - a new guide ...

George Washington-led consortium and FDA release new specifications to advance genomic data analysis ...

Artificial intelligence for obtaining chemical fingerprints ...

IBM Research and UC San Diego collaborate to advance the use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living ...

Dresden researchers have pioneered a brain-network bio-inspired algorithm to predict new therapeutic targets of approved drugs ...

The Cloud

IBM unveils a new high-powered analytics system for fast access to data science ...

HPE chooses Mellanox Spectrum to power StoreFabric M-series switches ...